frailty

noun
frail·​ty | \ ˈfrāl-tē How to pronounce frailty (audio) \
plural frailties

Definition of frailty

1 : the quality or state of being frail the frailty of her health the frailty and disability in the elderly
2 : a fault due to weakness especially of moral character Satire … often employs irony and sarcasm to denounce the frailties and faults of mankind.— Harry Shaw

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fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit. a writer of many virtues and few faults failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character. being late is a failing of mine frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation. human frailties foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy. an eccentric's charming foibles vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others. compulsive gambling was his vice

Examples of frailty in a Sentence

the frailty of her voice We can no longer be surprised by the frailties of our political leaders.
Recent Examples on the Web Friendships are created between human beings, and we humans are beset by fault and frailty. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Sadly, good friends can’t always work through every relationship problem," 30 Nov. 2019 Friendships are created between human beings, and we humans are beset by fault and frailty. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Friendship breakup continues to wound," 30 Nov. 2019 Friendships are created between human beings, and we humans are beset by fault and frailty. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Friendship breakup continues to wound," 30 Nov. 2019 Friendships are created between human beings, and we humans are beset by fault and frailty. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Friendship breakup continues to wound," 30 Nov. 2019 Friendships are created between human beings, and we humans are beset by fault and frailty. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Friendship breakup continues to wound," 30 Nov. 2019 But a less discussed part of the study suggests a way of circumventing our frailty. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, "Can Brain Science Help Us Break Bad Habits?," 21 Oct. 2019 An abuser can continue to frighten and intimidate well into their own frailty, and that's the impact and consequence of earlier trauma. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: Website unearths half-sibling, a secret their parents took to the grave," 29 July 2019 The following are the exemptions: Full-time student status in college, career training or a GED program People age 50 and older Physical and mental health frailtyPregnancy and a 60-day post-partum period. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Planned Ohio Medicaid work requirements call for case workers to contact recipients before they’re cut off," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of frailty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frailty

Middle English frelete, freelte, borrowed from Anglo-French freleté, going back to Latin fragilitāt-, fragilitās, from fragilis "liable to break, weak, fragile" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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The first known use of frailty was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2020

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“Frailty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frailty. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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frailty

noun
How to pronounce frailty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of frailty

: physical weakness : the quality or state of being frail
: weakness of character that causes a person to do things that are morally wrong

frailty

noun
frail·​ty | \ ˈfrāl-tē How to pronounce frailty (audio) \
plural frailties

Kids Definition of frailty

1 : the quality or state of being weak the old man's frailty
2 : a weakness of character human frailty

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